Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE) is making the European Sheep and Goat sectors more sustainable, competitive and resilient. These improvements come from strong collaboration between industry and research institutions.
In this collaboration, industry is telling research institutions the challenges and opportunities in the sheep and goat sector in Europe. Together industry and research partners are thoroughly assessing the sustainability of the sector and developing strategies to respond to the identified challenges and opportunities.
iSAGE will assess the sustainability sheep and goat sector in Europe to future challenge such as climate change, food security, resource use efficiency and rural deprivation in marginal regions. Following the sustainability assessment, iSAGE will develop strategies to meet or prevent these challenges. Such strategies will include all levels of the industry including farmers, local populations, consumers, processors and retailers.
Industry and research working together will to ensure that relevant issues are addressed and the project outcomes are applicable in practice.
The project started on 1 March 2016 and will continue for 48 months.
As part of the iSAGE project, focus groups will be conducted in Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the United Kingdom to explore consumers awareness, attitudes and preferences towards livestock-based food products (meat, dairy) as well as overall consumer acceptance of goat and sheep animal products. […]
As part of the iSAGE project, the Organic Research Centre (ORC) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) interviewed sheep and goat farmers in the UK to identify challenges and constraints they face, and the innovations that iSAGE should bring to the sector. […]
The iSAGE project sponsored 2 speakers at the 2016 International Conference on Goats; Jean-Marc Gautier and Carol Delaney. Their topic covered the Use of Precision Livestock Farming for Dairy Goats in France and Practical Measures to Increase Productivity for Goat Dairy Farms. Both presentations were very well received with lots of questions and follow up discussions at the coffee break. […]
One of the goals of Work Package (WP) 2, of the iSAGE project is to identify in greater depth geographic, demographic and other socio-economic variables and understand their impact on farmers and the whole supply chain of the whole sheep and goat production sector. […]